Spiced Butter Poached Shrimp

I love shrimp.  Once upon a time I only ate them fried, but now that I am older and wiser I like them grilled, baked, and boiled also. 


While watching television the other night I saw a segment about a restaurant that poaches their shrimp in a spiced butter.  They did not say what the spices were, but the resulting shrimp looked wonderful!  I decided I could come up with my own spice mixture and give this method a dry.


If you have not butter poached seafood before, may I say that you must try it?  I mean, come on … it’s butter!  You know it will be good, and these shrimp are spicy, rich, and oh so tender! 

Spiced Butter Poached Shrimp   Serves 4

32 shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt

Rinse the shrimp and dry with a towel.  Set aside.


In a heavy skillet melt the butter over medium low heat with the onions and garlic.  Allow the butter to infuse for 5 min.


Add the spices and hot sauce and stir to combine.  Increase the heat to medium.  When the butter begins to simmer add the shrimp.


Cook the shrimp for 3-4 min then flip and cook on the other side for 2-3 min.  Remove the shrimp from the butter then strain the butter into a ramekin for dipping.


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Author: Kelly

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  • This looks fantastic!!

  • Buttery shrimp, sounds good to me!

  • This looks great! I’m going to try it with Chinese five spice powder and Szechuan peppercorns as the spices. Thanks for the idea!

  • Wonderful preparation for shrimp! Yum!

  • Wow, this looks amazing!! Great idea!

  • This looks super fantastic.. BTW I tried your chocolate chip overload cookies and they are on my blog today.. come read if you get a sec.

  • Kelly

    Stumptown – Those sound really fantastic! If you try it that way please let me know how it turned out! I adore 5-spice!

    Donna – Thanks for the award and cookie love!! I’m flattered!

  • The shrimp look great. I’ve never tried shrimp that way before…sounds like I need too!

  • the only thing missing in this post is you asking if its ok to send me some….the answer is a resounding YES!

  • Butter and Shrimp in the same sentence. You don’t need to say anything else. Yum yum!!

  • *drool*

  • Looks good. I wish my hubby liked shrimp. I rarely make it because I am the only one who will eat it… and I still have to make him something else!

  • That is some great looking shrimp – yum! Shrimp + butter + spice = love!

  • I’ve never poached shrimp before, but now I’m gonna…yum!

  • yeah… that looks all sorts of awesome! I really want to try butter poaching, but I’m scared if i do it once I’ll keep doing it and the next thing I know I’ll have gained 50 pounds.

  • This looks evil indeed! But yummy!

  • Wow your shrimp look great. Nice blog first timer. We will be back like Arnold would say.

  • Ooooooh, can you try cooking lobster this way too? C’mon! That would have to be just as good!

  • I have never heard of or tried butter-poaching seafood before, but, like you said, it’s got to be good. Thanks for an educational post, Kelly. I can’t wait to get my hands on some good shrimp so I can make this.

    I bet calamari would taste great prepared this way too.

  • Congrats, you are on Top 9 Today. I love shrimps and I love this butter poached shrimps!

  • That looks incredible! I may be gaining weight by just looking at it, but I have to try this anyway.

  • OMG that’s a lot of butter! But it sure looks delicious!

  • Oh, my goodness that looks insanely good! THANK YOU for the recipe!

  • I’d make shrimp more often if we could get it local. Not happening unless we move near gulf of mexico.

  • wow that is what I call delicious shrimp. I loved to view this recipe and I can almost taste it just from the photo. 🙂 xx Rico|Recipes

  • These look delicious!!!

  • Hi there,

    These shrimps looks just awesome. I must try this recipe, and that very soon.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    // Mike

  • Lee

    Made these tonight and they were awesome! Thanks for the recipe!


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